Dorian Parks qualifies for State

Austin High hurdler Dorian Parks qualified for the UIL State meet by running 38.46 in the 300-meter hurdles at the Region II 5A meet last week. Dorian also finished 6th in the 110-meter hurdles.

Emory Blake signs with St. Louis Rams

Former Austin High and Auburn wide receiver Emory Blake has signed with the St. Louis Rams. Blake finished his career with Auburn in 17th place with 1,233 career receiving yards and 9th with 13 receiving TDs. He also holds the Tiger record for the longest play from scrimmage in school history – 94 yard catch and run in 2010. He is 2nd is school history with TD catches in 7 consecutive games.

Reed makes swimming finals in 2 events

Austin High Junior Laine Reed returned to the UIL State Swim Meet for the 3rd year. She placed 5th in the 200-yd freestyle with a time of 1:21.89. She also finished 7th in the 100-yd free. See results

6 Maroon Athletes Sign Letters of Intent

This week was National Signing and and 6 Austin High athletes made their commitments official.

In football, Isaiah Jones signed to play wide receiver with East Carolina and Charles Schneider signed with Rhodes College as a tight end.

A trio of volleyball players earned scholarships including Kate Broadnax (Iona College), Dulce Duran (Rutgers) and Wren Overesch (Loyola University-New Orleans).

In soccer, Audrey Kuhl signed with Texas A&M Corpus Christi.

Congratulations to these Austin High athletes for their great accomplishments!

Brewer in Sports Illustrated

Kendall Brewer was recognized in Sport Illustrated’s Faces In the Crowd feature. The Austin High junior won the Head of the Charles Regatta’s special medal for the top youth finish after placing 3rd among female scullers in the 3.2 mile race held in Boston. Competing for the Texas Rowing Center, Kendall is on the national junior development team.

Maroons in UT-Iowa State Game

Cayleb Jones caught his first pass for the Longhorns, a 23-yarder from Case McCoy, as the Longhorns defeated Iowa State 33-7 in an emotional game Saturday.

Ironically, Chris Young also caught one pass for 23 yards for the Cyclones. The Iowa State senior, also from Austin High, now has 31 catches for the year.

Texas, now 8-2 on the year, celebrated the life of Darrell Royal in a fitting way, opening the game in the wishbone offense and finishing with over 600 yard in offense.

Austin High loses to Bowie

With 18 seconds left in the game, leading 35-21, and Bowie’s ball inside the 20, the Bowie coach Jeff Ables chose to:
A) Show class and good sportsmanship and take a knee to end the game.
B) Try for a touchdown with a sweep around the left end, then let the clock run out.
C) Try for a touchdown with a sweep around the left end and, failing that, call timeout with 1 second left so you could kick a field goal and win 38-21.

Unlike 99% of coaches in the state of Texas, Ables chose C. He must not have read the message on Sportsmanship fans that were handed out during the game; or heard the message from AISD Athletic Director (and former Bowie coach) Tommy Cox after the 1st quarter instructing the fans to display good sportsmanship.

Before the bizaare finsh, the Buldogs outplayed Austin High and took advantage of Maroon turnover to pull away after Austin High rallied from a 14 point halftime deficit to tie the game. For Austin High, Quincy Reese scored on a 5-yard run early in the 3rd quarter. Then after recovering an onside kick, the Maroons drove down and tied the score on a 4th down pass from John Mansour to Casey Schwertfeger. New East Carolina commit Isaiah Jones closed the scoring with a great adjustment to catch a 28 yard TD in the 4th quarter.

Asutin High fell to 1-5 on the season and 0-2 in district.

Austin High Runner earns $5K Scholarship

Congratulations to Austin High Cross-Country senior captain Zach Fielder who was awarded awarded a $5000 college scholarship by Conley Sports, which owns and manages the Livestrong Austin Marathon. Fielder earned All-State academic honors in cross-country with a 3.94 GPA. He plans to study engineering at Santa Clara. Read more in this Runtex.com article.

Levy competes at State Golf Tourney

Austin High’s Alex Levy shot a 145 in the Texas 5A State Golf Championship last weekend to tie for 12th. Alex shot a 73 on the first day then finished with a 72. See full results>>

Former Austin High star in NBA

Xavier Silas took the long route to where he’s always wanted to be – the NBA. After starring at Austin High (23.7 points and 8.3 rebounds per game as a senior), he went to prep school for a year (Brewster Academy) and then to the University of Colorado. Silas had some good success with the Buffaloes, scoring 12 points per game as a freshman. But as a sophomore in 2008, he was dismissed from the team in mid-season by first year coach Jeff Bzdelik.

Silas then resurfaced at Northern Illinois to play for the coach who recruited him to Colorado, Ricardo Patton. There the 6′ 5″ guard averaged 22.3 points and was named to the all conference team.

Xavier went undrafted out of college but was signed by the Sixers and sent to the Maine Red Claws, their D-League squad (read feature story). The son of former ABA/NBA All-Star James Silas, Xavier averaged 9.8 points in 39 games with the Red Claws. At the end of the 2012 season, in order to rest their starters for the playoffs, the Sixers called up Silas and he averaged 5.5 points in 2 games. (player page)